Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sunny Heart

This piece is called Sunny Heart and it was one of my favorite pieces. Luckily for me it was also a favorite of a lovely lady from New Jersey(my home state) Today was my second day working at Valley Artisans Market and this was my first sale of the day. I love to hand embroider hearts. Just love them(maybe it's the valentine thing) but this piece was just made for the frame I framed it in. I'm not sure if you can see the detail in the photograph but the frame is rustic and it suited the orange watercolor and the stitchery just wonderfully. I never thought too much about framing in the past but I'm finding it wonderful searching for different frames and framing techniques for different pieces. I'm glad someone else saw the specialness of the combination.

What a wonderful experience to be in VAM. I am among such talented artists I could just gush for hours. Every time I go there I see some extraordinary work of art that just leaves me in awe. Today it was a gourd with a dollhouse in it made by Chung-Ah Park. Such detail and precision and beauty in one little gourd. Chung is also a potter and her pottery is to die for also. Symbolism and beauty combine to make beautiful pieces of art. Just wonderful.

Now it is time for me to take leave of the blog so I can read some of my bloggy friends blogs and then get back to embroidering. Blessings to you and if you are anywhere near Cambridge please go to Valley Artisans Market and see that extraordinary gourd! Also, my friend Cheryl(The Lady's Got Glass) is having her opening tomorrow afternoon at Desolation Road so if you are in the neighborhood please stop by and support Cheryl and her beautiful glass work.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Big Red Barn

In honor of the lovely red barn I saw up close and personal visiting my friend Cheryl at a craft show I thought I would share my red barn. This piece is hand embroidery on tea-dyed fabric. It is now residing in Valley Artisans Market. Hopefully someone will like it and have it reside in their home.

Now for the beautiful barn I saw. This barn was a renovated barn with three levels and lots of interesting things to look at. The gentleman and his wife who ran the craft show also made adirondack shelves and furniture, very lovely. Very lovely place and it was nice to see so many of my crafting friends too. Cheryl was there with her beautiful glassworks, Patrice was there with her beautiful jewelry, Patty was there with her beautiful weaving and my neighbors at Albany Shaker craft fairs were there with their lovely leather bags. There was a wonderful soap maker who's soap beckoned to me but since I am still battling the always present allergic rash. A quilter, adirondack art work and more. It was a nice warm saturday and I had a great time(as you can probably tell).

I'm embroidering up a storm and feeling very peaceful(except when I'm watching the Mets who are very unpeaceful). It really does seem that when my hand is embroidering all is right with the world. I am hoping that you are doing something that makes everything right in your world. Keep stitching, see you soon.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fulton Street Gallery

Hi All! I'm a wee bit late on my blogging. These are the two pieces I've done for the Fulton Street Gallery Alphabet Show. The opening was a couple of weeks ago and it is up until April 20th.

The first piece is named wh"Y". It is a black embroidered Y with blood red teardrops surrounding on muslin. It was a concept that has been rolling around in my mind for a while. There seems to be so many reasons lately to ask "why" but that is a different blog post for a different day.

The second piece is named "I's" which is a little more self explanatory. It is hand embroidered on watercolored orange fabric. I just love working on orange water colored fabric. It's probably my favorite color to embroider on.

I am so thankful that Fulton Street Gallery has given me a place to showcase my work and to work with themes. I love themes. They make me work outside my comfort zone and work on pieces that have been rolling around in my head for a while. It's funny how many ideas float around my head and then seem to emerge just at the right cosmic time. I guess that's an artistic thing.

My mind is a little foggy at the moment as I am in the middle of a fibro flare up so I will end now and be back soon to show you some of the pieces that are now in VAM and update you on the wonderful Katbird shop and Desolation Road both of which have very exciting and wonderful things going on. Keep on stitching.